Let’s start with the Sainte-Marthe Street and its surroundings. In this village-like area located in the 10th arrondissement, you’ll be able to see Noar Noarnito’s mix of collage and stencils, Zelda Bomba’s postered portraits or even the colorful graffiti that cover its walls, including the artist and skater Michael Kershnar’s famous cats.
Close by, you will find another legendary spot: the pedestrian Dénoyez Street. Since the early 2000s, this only 490 foot-long paved street has been painted by artists such as Manyoly, Kamlaurene or Lolie Darko and her works showing sad children. You will also see Zelda Bomba’s faces and their very particular eyes. Many street artists regularly take it in turns to paint over the different walls, poles and frescoes along the street.
Another street that has been taken over by artists is the Fontaine au Roi Street, in the 11th arrondissement. Some of the walls there are covered by ever-changing frescoes. Among the works you should see are surprising bikes made by the artist Ride in Peace. They are displayed next to a portrait by Obey, the influential American muralist Frank Shepard Fairey’s pseudonym (he did the iconic “Hope” poster with Barack Obama). In this street, you will also come across some of Invader’s world-famous pixel mosaics. He’s the first artist to have had a piece of his work on a satellite sent to space.
Let’s now head to the Ménilmontant neighbourhood through the Oberkampf Street. At number 107, you will find ephemeral works by the M.U.R. collective. At the request of the Paris City Hall, the organization shines a light on street artists through an old billboard turned into a space for freedom of expression. It is renewed every 15 days.
Now walk up the Oberkampf Street to see a mural in the Maronites Street, in the 20th arrondissement. A huge, futuristic and colorful work of street art awaits you. It was made in 2014 by a group of artists and was initiated by Alex Aka AKHINE (from the MAC Crew and the 3HC Crew) and Hopare, another great street art figure.
It’s now time to go to the colorful Cascades Street, in the 20th. It’s not the most famous spot but in terms of urban art, you should be impressed. Start with the trompe l’oeil fountain (a nod to the Belleville water system), from which a white body, notorious “fountain of light, strength and peace” created by Jérôme Mesnager seems to spring out. He’s part of the early painters and graffiti artists here. He also has a specific approach to street art: “On the street, you can make art for the people of our time, both the bystanders and the bums!”.
If you keep on going in the Cascades Street, which is regularly put into the hands of various artists and changes according to their inspirations, you’ll see characters with round, black eyes. They were created by the Kamlaurene duo and seem to be staring right back at you, just like Manyoly’s impressive portraits. Another remarkable piece of work you can’t miss is the fallen angel with butterflies flying out of its hands. This stencil was made by Ender, an artist from Belleville and Renaissance enthusiast.
At the start of the Ménilmontant Street, in the 20th, you’ll see Jérôme Mesnager again with his colossal fresco called “C’est nous les gars de Ménilmontant”. Made in 1995 in honor of local residents, it displays characters painted in white and dancing in a circle.
You are now just above the Belleville Park, enjoying the stunning, panoramic view on Paris. Here you can walk around columns designed by Seth and let yourself get caught up in a poetic world imagined by the Parisian globe-painter, with works showing children hiding their faces from us.
Let’s finish this tour of eastern Parisian walls in the Ménilmontant Street, at the junction with the Pyrénées Street. Here you will see the vast Pavillon Carré De Baudouin wall. Covered with colorful frescoes, the wall is managed by the Art Azoï organization, which also runs the exhibition center inside.